Singapore Premier League • July 1, 2024

2024/25 Singapore Premier League Matchweek 6: Roundup

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Geylang International’s Iqbal Hussain in action against Lion City Sailors’ Lionel Tan, 28 June 2024.

 

SINGAPORE, 1 JULY 2024 – With league leaders Lion City Sailors dropping points against Geylang International, BG Tampines Rovers took full advantage as they walloped Hougang United to pull level on points at the top. Elsewhere, Tanjong Pagar United defeated Brunei DPMM for their first win of the season while Balestier Khalsa edged Young Lions to climb to fourth. We recap all the action here…

 

Sailors’ perfect run ends

Geylang 1-1 Sailors| Jalan Besar | 28 June    

Vincent Bezecourt 13’ | Maxime Lestienne 58’

 

 

The Eagles grabbed an early lead with Bezecourt robbing Hariss Harun of possession before curling home from the edge of the box. However, the Sailors rallied and rescued a point through Lestienne – who produced a fine first-time finish off Bart Ramselaar’s low cross.

Facts

  • Geylang are the first team to take points off the Sailors this season.
  • Geylang have now dropped eight points from winning positions this campaign – the most by any team.
  • Geylang’s Tomoyuki Doi and Sailors’ Shawal Anuar both drew a blank for the first time this season.
  • Lestienne has now netted in four straight matches.

Geylang: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Joshua Pereira (C), Rio Sakuma, Keito Hariya, Shakir Hamzah, Takahiro Tezuka, Vincent Bezecourt, Naqiuddin Eunos (Naufal Azman 90’+1), Ryoya Taniguchi (Akmal Azman 84’), Iqbal Hussain (Ahmad Syahir 75’), Tomoyuki Doi.

Unused subs: Rudy Khairullah (GK), Faisal Shahril, Zikos Chua, Raiyan Noor, Hud Ismail, Syazwan Abdul Latiff.

Sailors: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK), Lionel Tan (Hafiz Nor 78’), Bailey Wright, Toni Datković, Obren Kljajić, Hariss Harun (C) (Adam Swandi 57’), Hami Syahin (Anumanthan Kumar 57’), Maxime Lestienne, Bart Ramselaar (Christopher van Huizen 64’), Shawal Anuar (Haiqal Pashia 78’), Lennart Thy.

Unused subs: Izwan Mahbud (GK), Adib Nur Hakim (GK), Bill Mamadou, Nur Muhammad Asis.

 

Geylang International players celebrating a goal against Lion City Sailors, 28 June 2024.

 

Tigers back to winning ways

Balestier 3-2 Young Lions | Bishan | 29 June 

Alen Kozar 19’, 56’, Masahiro Sugita 65’ | Itsuki Enomoto 5’, 84’ 

 

 

Enomoto’s long-range volley gave Young Lions an early advantage, but Balestier turned it around – with Kozar’s speculative long pass sneaking all the way in, before netting another from 20 yards that somehow evaded Aizil Yazid in the Young Lions goal. Kozar then turned provider to tee up Sugita for a third and that proved to be enough to seal the points, with Enomoto’s late tap-in proving to be a mere consolation for the away side.

Facts

  • Young Lions are the first team to stop Balestier’s Kodai Tanaka from scoring this season.
  • Kozar netted his first-ever SPL brace – he has already equalled his 2023 tally of two goals.
  • Enomoto has now netted in each of his last four appearances, tallying a total of five goals.
  • Young Lions’ Samuel Pillai made his SPL debut.

Balestier: Hafiz Ahmad (GK), Darren Teh, Tajeli Salamat, Madhu Mohana, Jordan Emaviwe (Amer Hakeem 74’), Harith Kanadi, Alen Kozar (C), Ismail Sassi (Ignatius Ang 76’), Masahiro Sugita, Riku Fukashiro, Kodai Tanaka (Amiruldin Asraf 46’).

Unused subs: Martyn Mun (GK), Emmeric Ong, Elijah Lim, Fudhil I’yadh, Irfan Mika’il, Reycredo Bukit, Ignatius Ang.

Young Lions: Aizil Yazid (GK), Aqil Yazid (Ryaan Sanizal 72’), Jun Kobayashi, Kieran Teo (C), Andrew Aw, Kan Kobayashi, Kaisei Ogawa, Danish Qayyum (Farhan Zulkifli 46’), Amir Syafiz (Samuel Pillai 81’), Itsuki Enomoto, Khairin Nadim.

Unused subs: Umayr Sujuandy (GK), Syafi Nur Hilman, Wong Ngang Haang, Fathullah Rahmat, Izz Anaqi, Ethan Pinto.

 

Young Lions’ Kieran Teo in action against Balestier Khalsa, 29 June 2024.

 

Jaguars off the mark

Tanjong Pagar 3-2 DPMM | Jurong East | 29 June 

Salif Cissé 33’, Anaqi Ismit 42’, Syahadat Masnawi 85’ | Miguel Oliviera 52’, Julio Cruz pen. 61’ 

 

 

Tanjong Pagar led by two at the break with Cissé clinically finishing off Shodai Nishikawa’s through ball, before Anaqi lashed home a thunderous finish. However, DPMM rallied – with Oliveira nipping in at the back post to pull one back, before Cruz converted from the spot to pull them level. Nonetheless, the Jaguars stood strong and found a late winner through Syahadat’s header off Tomoki Wada’s outswinging corner.

Facts

  • Tanjong Pagar won for the first time in eight SPL matches – their last victory prior to this came in August 2023 in a 3-2 win over Young Lions.
  • Syahadat scored just his second-ever SPL goal, while Anaqi scored for the first time in the SPL since October 2021 in the Jaguars’ 4-4 draw with Albirex Niigata (S).
  • Tanjong Pagar’s Aiqel Aliman made his professional debut.

Tanjong Pagar: Prathip Ekamparam (GK), Faizal Roslan, Pathy Malumandsoko, Syed Akmal, Akram Azman (C) (Anaqi Ismit 73’), Zenivio Mota, Tomoki Wada, Shodai Nishikawa, Anaqi Ismit (Aiqel Aliman 79’), Sahil Suhaimi (Syahadat Masnawi 69’), Salif Cissé (Azim Akbar 90’).

Unused subs: Fashah Iskandar (GK), Riki Kimura (GK), Shahrin Saberin, Umar Akhbar, Daniel Elfian, Timur Talipov.

DPMM: Kristijan Naumovski (GK), Nazry Aiman, Hanif Hamir (Azwan Saleh 82’), Nurikhwan Othman (Hanif Farhan 73’), Yura Indera Putera, Najib Tarif, Gabriel Gama, Azwan Ali Rahman (C) (Abdul Hariz Herman 82’), Hakeme Yazid, Miguel Oliveira, Julio Cruz.

Unused subs: Ishyra Amin (GK), Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Faturrahman Embran, Haziq Naqiuddin, Nazirrudin Ismail.

 

Tanjong Pagar United’s Syahadat Masnawi in action against Brunei DPMM, 29 June 2024.

 

Stags punish hapless Hougang

BG Tampines 5-1 Hougang | Jalan Besar | 30 June  

Glenn Kweh 10’, Faris Ramli 46’, Irfan Najeeb 54’, 81’, Boris Kopitović 68’ | Dejan Račić 23’

 

Kweh neatly tapped home at the back post to put Tampines ahead, but Račić swiftly equalised for Hougang with a beautiful dinked finish past Syazwan Buhari. However, it was one-way traffic thereafter with Faris punishing a napping Hougang backline to put them back in front before turning provider for Irfan to nod home their third goal. Kopitović then popped up in the box to convert Seia Kunori’s teasing low cross, before Irfan completed a rare brace by heading in Yasir Hanapi’s free-kick – wrapping up the Stags’ fine night in the process.

Facts

  • Hougang are now the only side yet to win in the 2024/25 SPL season.
  • Račić has scored in each of his three SPL appearances so far, tallying a total of four goals.
  • Kopitović has now scored 17 goals in 13 SPL appearances against Hougang.
  • Kweh netted in back-to-back games for the first time in his SPL career.
  • Irfan scored his first-ever SPL brace.

BG Tampines: Syazwan Buhari (GK) (C), Irfan Najeeb, Shuya Yamashita, Amirul Adli, Miloš Zlatković (Thanet Suknate 84’), Glenn Kweh (Taufik Suparno 71’), Shah Shahiran (Saifullah Akbar 71’), Kyoga Nakamura, Faris Ramli (Caelan Chong 84’), Seia Kunori (Yasir Hanapi 80’), Boris Kopitović.

Unused subs: Ridhuan Barudin (GK), Jared Gallagher, Syahrul Sazali, Kegan Phang.

Hougang: Zaiful Nizam (GK) (Kenji Rusydi 44’), Nazrul Nazari (C), Faris Hasić, Ensar Brunčević, Jordan Vestering, Ajay Robson, Shodai Yokoyama, Hazzuwan Halim (Gabriel Quak 72’), Petar Banović (Justin Hui 72’), Stjepan Plazonja (Adam Reefdy 81’), Dejan Račić.

Unused subs: Keith Chung (GK), Isaac Jonathan (GK), Nazhiim Harman, Zamani Zamri.

 

Hougang United’s Dejan Račić celebrating his goal against BG Tampines Rovers, 30 June 2024

 

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